Gerry Nicolaes

Associate professor

Dr Gerry Nicolaes received a Masters’ degree in Chemistry from the Utrecht University with majors in clinical chemistry, biochemistry and protein engineering and enzymology. He obtained a PhD from the Maastricht University on the regulation of thrombin formation in normal and hypercoagulable plasma (with Prof. H.C. Hemker) and later spent several years at the laboratory of Prof. B. Dahlbäck at the Lund University (Sweden), focussing on the use of molecular biological technologies in blood coagulation research.

Dr Nicolaes received a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to establish a research line that uses structural bioinformatics to rationally approach the structure-function study of proteins involved in coagulation and inflammation. In addition to protein structure-function research, in recent years, in silico drug design and optimisation of biologically active molecules for use in therapy or diagnosis has become one of the major research focusses.

His research interests are within the fields of thrombosis and haemostasis, and in particular on the overlap with the fields of inflammation and atherosclerosis. In this respect, extracellular histones and their role in systemic inflammatory disease and sepsis have evolved into a major research focus.

He is the president of the Netherlands Society on Biomolecular Modelling.

Dr Nicolaes has published more than 80 peer reviewed research papers, has been a co-promotor of 7 successful PhD students and currently supervises 7 more PhD students. He is inventor of several granted patents.

Department of Biochemistry
Universiteitsingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 4.352

  • 2022
    • Lagedal, R., Eriksson, O., Sorman, A., Huckriede, J. B., Kristensen, B., Franzen, S., Larsson, A., Bergqvist, A., Alving, K., Forslund, A., Persson, B., Ekdahl, K. N., De Frutos, P. G., Nilsson, B., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Lipcsey, M., Hultstrom, M., & Frithiof, R. (2022). Impaired Antibody Response Is Associated with Histone-Release, Organ Dysfunction and Mortality in Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11(12), [3419].
    • Poelman, H., Ippel, H., Gurkan, B., Boelens, R., Vriend, G., van 't Veer, C., Lutgens, E., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2022). Structural anomalies in a published NMR-derived structure of IRAK-M. Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling, 111, [108061].
    • Hrdinova, J., Fernández, D. I., Ercig, B., Tullemans, B. M. E., Suylen, D. P. L., Agten, S. M., Jurk, K., Hackeng, T. M., Vanhoorelbeke, K., Voorberg, J., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Wichapong, K., Heemskerk, J. W. M., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2022). Structure-Based Cyclic Glycoprotein Ibα-Derived Peptides Interfering with von Willebrand Factor-Binding, Affecting Platelet Aggregation under Shear. International journal of molecular sciences, 23(4), [2046].
  • 2021
    • Maciuszek, M., Ortega-Gomez, A., Maas, S. L., Garrido-Mesa, J., Ferraro, B., Perretti, M., Merritt, A., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Soehnlein, O., & Chapman, T. M. (2021). Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of novel pyrrolidinone small-molecule Formyl peptide receptor 2 agonists. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 226, [113805].
    • Ercig, B., Arfman, T., Hrdinova, J., Wichapong, K., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Vanhoorelbeke, K., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Voorberg, J. (2021). Conformational plasticity of ADAMTS13 in hemostasis and autoimmunity. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 297(4), [101132].
    • Huckriede, J., de Vries, F., Hultstroem, M., Wichapong, K., Reutelingsperger, C., Lipcsey, M., de Frutos, P. G., Frithiof, R., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Histone H3 Cleavage in Severe COVID-19 ICU Patients. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 11, [694186].
    • Huckriede, J., Anderberg, S. B., Morales, A., de Vries, F., Hultstrom, M., Bergqvist, A., Ortiz-Perez, J. T., Sels, J. W., Wichapong, K., Lipcsey, M., van de Poll, M., Larsson, A., Luther, T., Reutelingsperger, C., Garcia de Frutos, P., Frithiof, R., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Evolution of NETosis markers and DAMPs have prognostic value in critically ill COVID-19 patients. Scientific Reports, 11(1), [15701].
    • Liu, X., Arfman, T., Wichapong, K., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Voorberg, J., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). PAD4 takes charge during neutrophil activation: Impact of PAD4 mediated NET formation on immune-mediated disease. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 19(7), 1607-1617.
    • Maag, A., Sharma, P., Schuijt, T. J., Kopatz, W. F., Kruijswijk, D., Marquart, J. A., van Der Poll, T., Hackeng, T. M., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Meijers, J. C. M., Bos, M. H. A., & van 't Veer, C. (2021). Structure-function of anticoagulant TIX-5, the inhibitor of factor Xa-mediated FV activation. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 19(7), 1697-1708.
    • Ercig, B., Gomes Graca, N. A., Kangro, K., Arfman, T., Wichapong, K., Hrdinova, J., Kaijen, P., van Alphen, F., van den Biggelaar, M., Vanhoorelbeke, K., Veyradier, A., Coppo, P., Reutelingsperger, C., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Männik, A., & Voorberg, J. (2021). N-glycan mediated shielding of ADAMTS13 prevents binding of pathogenic autoantibodies in immune-mediated TTP. Blood, 137(19), 2694-2698.
    • Liu, X., Wichapong, K., Lamers, S., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Autocitrullination of PAD4 does not alter its enzymatic activity: In vitro and in silico studies. International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 134, 105938. [105938].
    • Morales, A., Rojo Rello, S., Cristobal, H., Fiz-Lopez, A., Arribas, E., Mari, M., Tutusaus, A., de la Cal-Sabater, P., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Ortiz-Perez, J. T., Bernardo, D., & Garcia de Frutos, P. (2021). Growth Arrest-Specific Factor 6 (GAS6) Is Increased in COVID-19 Patients and Predicts Clinical Outcome. Biomedicines, 9(4), [335].
    • Schumski, A., Ortega-Gómez, A., Wichapong, K., Winter, C., Lemnitzer, P., Viola, J. R., Pinilla-Vera, M., Folco, E., Solis-Mezarino, V., Völker-Albert, M., Maas, S. L., Pan, C., Perez Olivares, L., Winter, J., Hackeng, T., Karlsson, M. C. I., Zeller, T., Imhof, A., Baron, R. M., ... Soehnlein, O. (2021). Endotoxinemia Accelerates Atherosclerosis Through Electrostatic Charge-Mediated Monocyte Adhesion. Circulation, 143(3), 254-266.
    • Wichapong, K., Silvestre-Roig, C., Braster, Q., Schumski, A., Soehnlein, O., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Structure-based peptide design targeting intrinsically disordered proteins: Novel histone H4 and H2A peptidic inhibitors. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, 19, 934-948.
  • 2020
    • Busch, M. H., Timmermans, S. A. M. E. G., Nagy, M., Visser, M., Huckriede, J., Aendekerk, J. P., de Vries, F., Potjewijd, J., Jallah, B., Ysermans, R., Oude Lashof, A. M. L., Breedveld, P. H., van de Poll, M. C. G., van de Horst, I. C. C., van Bussel, B. C. T., Theunissen, R. O. M. F. I. H., Spronk, H. M. H., Damoiseaux, J. G. M. C., ten Cate, H., ... van Paassen, P. (2020). Neutrophils and Contact Activation of Coagulation as Potential Drivers of COVID-19. Circulation, 142(18), 1787-1790.
    • Graca, N. A. G., Ercig, B., Pereira, L. C. V., Kangro, K., Kaijen, P., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Veyradier, A., Coppo, P., Vanhoorelbeke, K., Mannik, A., & Voorberg, J. (2020). Modifying ADAMTS13 to modulate binding of pathogenic autoantibodies of patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Haematologica-the Hematology Journal, 105(11), 2619-2630.
    • Tutusaus, A., Mari, M., Ortiz-Perez, J. T., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Morales, A., & de Frutos, P. G. (2020). Role of Vitamin K-Dependent Factors Protein S and GAS6 and TAM Receptors in SARS-CoV-2 Infection and COVID-19-Associated Immunothrombosis. Cells, 9(10), [2186].
    • Beurskens, D. M. H., Huckriede, J. P., Schrijver, R., Hemker, H. C., Reutelingsperger, C. P., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2020). The Anticoagulant and Nonanticoagulant Properties of Heparin. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 120(10), 1371-1383.
    • Bol, M. E., Beurskens, D. M. H., Delnoij, T. S. R., Roekaerts, P. M. H. J., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Delhaas, T., van de Poll, M. C. G., Sels, J-W. E. M., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2020). Variability of Microcirculatory Measurements in Critically Ill Patients. Shock, 54(1), 9-14.
    • Beurskens, D. M. H., Bol, M. E., Delhaas, T., van de Poll, M. C. G., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Sels, J-W. E. M. (2020). Decreased endothelial glycocalyx thickness is an early predictor of mortality in sepsis. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 48(3), 221-228.
    • Tas, J., van Gassel, R. J. J., Heines, S. J. H., Mulder, M. M. G., Heijnen, N. F. L., Acampo-de Jong, M. J., Bels, J. L. M., Bennis, F. C., Koelmann, M., Groven, R. V. M., Donkers, M. A., van Rosmalen, F., Hermans, B. J. M., Meex, S. J. R., Mingels, A., Bekers, O., Savelkoul, P., Oude Lashof, A. M. L., Wildberger, J., ... van Bussel, B. C. T. (2020). Serial measurements in COVID-19-induced acute respiratory disease to unravel heterogeneity of the disease course: design of the Maastricht Intensive Care COVID cohort (MaastrICCht). BMJ Open, 10(9), [040175].
  • 2019
    • Sang, Y., Huskens, D., Wichapong, K., de Laat, B., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Roest, M. (2019). A Synthetic Triple Helical Collagen Peptide as a New Agonist for Flow Cytometric Measurement of GPVI-Specific Platelet Activation. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 119(12), 2005-2013.
    • Bohler, S., Liu, X., Krauskopf, J., Gaiment, F., Aubrecht, J., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Kleinjans, J. C. S., & Briede, J. J. (2019). Acetaminophen Overdose as a Potential Risk Factor for Parkinson's Disease. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 106(4), 696-696.
    • Astuti, P., Beurskens, D., Vajen, T., Nicolaes, G., Zhang, M., & Guido, H. (2019). Protection against neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) toxicity by antioxidant monoHER. Makara Journal of Health Research, 23(2), 108-115.
    • Silvestre-Roig, C., Braster, Q., Wichapong, K., Lee, E. Y., Marie Teulon, J., Berrebeh, N., Winter, J., Adrover, J. M., Santos, G. S., Froese, A., Lemnitzer, P., Ortega-Gomez, A., Chevre, R., Marschner, J., Schumski, A., Winter, C., Perez-Olivares, L., Pan, C., Paulin, N., ... Soehnlein, O. (2019). Externalized histone H4 orchestrates chronic inflammation by inducing lytic cell death. Nature, 569(7755), 236-240.
    • Wichapong, K., Poelman, H., Ercig, B., Hrdinova, J., Liu, X., Lutgens, E., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2019). Rational modulator design by exploitation of protein-protein complex structures. Future Medicinal Chemistry, 11(9), 1015-1033.
    • Seijkens, T. T. P., Poels, K., Meiler, S., van Tiel, C. M., Kusters, P. J. H., Reiche, M., Atzler, D., Winkels, H., Tjwa, M., Poelman, H., Slutter, B., Kuiper, J., Gijbels, M., Kuivenhoven, J. A., Matic, L. P., Paulsson-Berne, G., Hedin, U., Hansson, G. K., Nicolaes, G. A. F., ... Lutgens, E. (2019). Deficiency of the T cell regulator Casitas B-cell lymphoma-B aggravates atherosclerosis by inducing CD8(+) T cell-mediated macrophage death. European Heart Journal, 40(4), 372-382.
  • 2018
    • Braza, M. S., van Leent, M. M. T., Lameijer, M., Sanchez-Gaytan, B. L., Arts, R. J. W., Perez-Medina, C., Conde, P., Garcia, M. R., Gonzalez-Perez, M., Brahmachary, M., Fay, F., Kluza, E., Kossatz, S., Dress, R. J., Salem, F., Rialdi, A., Reiner, T., Boros, P., Strijkers, G. J., ... Ochando, J. (2018). Inhibiting Inflammation with Myeloid Cell-Specific Nanobiologics Promotes Organ Transplant Acceptance. Immunity, 49(5), 819-828.e6.
    • Schelpe, A-S., Orlando, C., Ercig, B., Geeroms, C., Pareyn, I., Vandeputte, N., Pereira, L. C., Roose, E., Fostier, K., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Deckmyn, H., De Meyer, S. F., Vanhoorelbeke, K., & Jochmans, K. (2018). Child-onset thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura caused by p.R498C and p.G259PfsX133 mutations in ADAMTS13. European Journal of Haematology, 101(2), 191-199.
    • Winter, C., Silvestre-Roig, C., Ortega-Gomez, A., Lemnitzer, P., Poelman, H., Schumski, A., Winter, J., Drechsler, M., de Jong, R., Immler, R., Sperandio, M., Hristov, M., Zeller, T., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Weber, C., Viola, J. R., Hidalgo, A., Scheiermann, C., & Soehnlein, O. (2018). Chrono-pharmacological Targeting of the CCL2-CCR2 Axis Ameliorates Atherosclerosis. Cell Metabolism, 28(1), 175-182.e5.
    • Seijkens, T. T. P., van Tiel, C. M., Kusters, P. J. H., Atzler, D., Soehnlein, O., Zarzycka, B., Aarts, S. A. B. M., Lameijer, M., Gijbels, M. J., Beckers, L., den Toom, M., Slutter, B., Kuiper, J., Duchene, J., Aslani, M., Megens, R. T. A., van 't Veer, C., Kooij, G., Schrijver, R., ... Lutgens, E. (2018). Targeting CD40-Induced TRAF6 Signaling in Macrophages Reduces Atherosclerosis. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 71(5), 527-542.
    • Ercig, B., Wichapong, K., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Vanhoorelbeke, K., Voorberg, J., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2018). Insights into 3D Structure of ADAMTS13: A Stepping Stone towards Novel Therapeutic Treatment of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 118(1), 28-41.
  • 2017
    • Aarts, S. A. B. M., Seijkens, T. T. P., Kusters, P. J. H., van der Pol, S. M. A., Zarzycka, B., Heijnen, P. D. A. M., Beckers, L., den Toom, M., Gijbels, M. J. J., Boon, L., Weber, C., de Vries, H. E., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Dijkstra, C. D., Kooij, G., & Lutgens, E. (2017). Inhibition of CD40-TRAF6 interactions by the small molecule inhibitor 6877002 reduces neuroinflammation. Journal of Neuroinflammation, 14, [105].
    • von Hundelshausen, P., Agten, S. M., Eckardt, V., Blanchet, X., Schmitt, M. M., Ippel, H., Neideck, C., Bidzhekov, K., Leberzammer, J., Wichapong, K., Faussner, A., Drechsler, M., Grommes, J., van Geffen, J. P., Li, H., Ortega-Gomez, A., Megens, R. T. A., Naumann, R., Dijkgraaf, I., ... Weber, C. (2017). Chemokine interactome mapping enables tailored intervention in acute and chronic inflammation. Science Translational Medicine, 9(384), [eaah6650].
    • van Smaalen, T. C., Beurskens, D. M. H., Hoogland, E. R. P., Winkens, B., Christiaans, M. H. L., Reutelingsperger, C. P., van Heurn, L. W. E., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2017). Presence of Cytotoxic Extracellular Histones in Machine Perfusate of Donation After Circulatory Death Kidneys. Transplantation, 101(4), e93-e101.
  • 2016
    • Wichapong, K., Alard, J. -E., Ortega-Gomez, A., Weber, C., Hackeng, T. M., Soehnlein, O., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2016). Structure-Based Design of Peptidic Inhibitors of the Interaction between CC Chemokine Ligand 5 (CCL5) and Human Neutrophil Peptides 1 (HNP1). Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 59(9), 4289-4301.
    • Miglianico, M., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Neumann, D. (2016). Pharmacological Targeting of AMP-Activated Protein Kinase and Opportunities for Computer-Aided Drug Design. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 59(7), 2879-2893.
    • Labbe, C. M., Kuenemann, M. A., Zarzycka, B., Vriend, G., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Lagorce, D., Miteva, M. A., Villoutreix, B. O., & Sperandio, O. (2016). iPPI-DB: an online database of modulators of protein-protein interactions. Nucleic Acids Research, 44(D1), D542-D547.
    • Zarzycka, B., Kuenemann, M. A., Miteva, M. A., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Vriend, G., & Sperandio, O. (2016). Stabilization of protein-protein interaction complexes through small molecules. Drug Discovery Today, 21(1), 48-57.
  • 2015
    • Alard, J-E., Ortega-Gomez, A., Wichapong, K., Bongiovanni, D., Horckmans, M., Megens, R. T. A., Leoni, G., Ferraro, B., Rossaint, J., Paulin, N., Ng, J., Ippel, H., Suylen, D., Hinkel, R., Blanchet, X., Gaillard, F., D'Amico, M., von Hundelshausen, P., Zarbock, A., ... Soehnlein, O. (2015). Recruitment of classical monocytes can be inhibited by disturbing heteromers of neutrophil HNP1 and platelet CCL5. Science Translational Medicine, 7(317), [317ra196].
    • De Waelheyns, E., Segers, K., Sardis, M. F., Anne, J., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Economou, A. (2015). Identification of small-molecule inhibitors against SecA by structure-based virtual ligand screening. Journal of Antibiotics, 68(11), 666-673.
    • Wildhagen, K. C. A. A., Wiewel, M. A., Schultz, M. J., Horn, J., Schrijver, R., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., van der Poll, T., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2015). Extracellular histone H3 levels are inversely correlated with antithrombin levels and platelet counts and are associated with mortality in sepsis patients. Thrombosis Research, 136(3), 542-547.
    • van den Berg, S. M., Seijkens, T. T. P., Kusters, P. J. H., Zarzycka, B., Beckers, L., den Toom, M., Gijbels, M. J. J., Chatzigeorgiou, A., Weber, C., de Winther, M. P. J., Chavakis, T., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Lutgens, E. (2015). Blocking CD40-TRAF6 interactions by small-molecule inhibitor 6860766 ameliorates the complications of diet-induced obesity in mice. International Journal of Obesity, 39(5), 782-790.
    • Zarzycka, B., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Lutgens, E. (2015). Targeting the adaptive immune system: new strategies in the treatment of atherosclerosis. Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology , 8(3), 297-313.
    • Zarzycka, B., Seijkens, T., Nabuurs, S. B., Ritschel, T., Grommes, J., Soehnlein, O., Schrijver, R., van Tiel, C. M., Hackeng, T. M., Weber, C., Giehler, F., Kieser, A., Lutgens, E., Vriend, G., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2015). Discovery of Small Molecule CD40-TRAF6 Inhibitors. Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling, 55(2), 294-307.
    • Du, J., Wichapong, K., Hackeng, T. M., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2015). Molecular simulation studies of human coagulation factor VIII C domain-mediated membrane binding. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 113(2), 373-384.
    • Körver-Keularts, I. M. L. W., de Visser, M., Bakker, H. D., Wanders, R. J. A., Vansenne, F., Scholte, H. R., Dorland, L., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Spaapen, L. M. J., Smeets, H. J. M., Hendrickx, A. T. M., & van den Bosch, B. J. C. (2015). Two Novel Mutations in the SLC25A4 Gene in a Patient with Mitochondrial Myopathy.JIMD reports, 22, 39-45.
  • 2014
    • Du, J., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Kruijswijk, D., Versloot, M., van der Poll, T., & van 't Veer, C. (2014). The structure function of the death domain of human IRAK-M. Cell Communication and Signaling, 12, [77].
    • Chaves, R. C., Dahmane, S., Odorico, M., Nicolaes, G. A. F., & Pellequer, J-L. (2014). Factor Va alternative conformation reconstruction using atomic force microscopy. Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 112(6), 1167-1173.
    • Studer, R. A., Opperdoes, F. R., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Mulder, A. B., & Mulder, R. (2014). Understanding the functional difference between growth arrest-specific protein 6 and protein S: an evolutionary approach. Open Biology, 4(10), [140121].